Sean M. Walsh is a senior attorney in the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Walsh focuses his litigation practice in the areas of business insolvency,  bankruptcy, franchise law, employment law, intellectual property, real estate law and commercial financing transactions.

Mr. Walsh represents business entities, stakeholders, officers and directors, among others, in an array of industries, including health care, construction, banking, automotive component part manufacturing and supply, to name a few.

Representative Client Work

  • Represents borrowers, lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, bankruptcy trustees, debtors and debtors in possession in connection with insolvency planning and proceedings, including commercial loan workouts and related litigation matters
  • Represents clients in Chapter 7, 11 and 12 bankruptcy, including adversary proceedings and core bankruptcy
  • Represents manufacturers, distributors and service providers with the planning, negotiation and implementation of their supply chain, as well as employment and customer relationship agreements, including disputes and litigation over the ownership and/or use of intellectual property
  • Represents buyers and sellers in connection with the purchase and sale of substantially all of a seller’s assets or its equity interests, including §363 sales in bankruptcy
  • Represents businesses and their stakeholders, directors and officers in matters alleging violation of state and federal securities laws, breach of fiduciary duties, violation of corporate governance obligations and oppression of minority stakeholders

Notable Cases

  • The S.P.E. Group (including S.P.E. Utility Contractors, LLC, Powerline Tool & Equipment and Diversified Power, Inc.) (Interim Asst. General Counsel, Feb. 1, 2019, through Aug. 1, 2019)
  • CH Royal Oak (Emagine Theaters Royal Oak) v Alidade Capital (represented a private equity fund in a dispute over alleged breaches of the parties’ property management agreement, including the disposition of collected revenue and the parties’ performance of other obligations)
  • First Merit Bank (n/k/a Huntington Bank) v J&B Products & Joseph Bommarito (represented the plaintiff in connection with its efforts to collect from its defaulting guarantors and borrower, a Saginaw-based custom tanning bed manufacturer and distributor)
  • JetPay Merchant Services, LLC v David Tepoorten (obtained a no cause of action in a protracted jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas where the plaintiff alleged that the defendant interfered with a multi-million-dollar potential bank sponsorship agreement)
  • Halston, LLC, et. al. v Heller Financial, Inc., et. al. (represented the defendant's special assets group and its bankruptcy-remote subsidiary in an action filed in the Southern District of New York over the ownership of the Halston™ mark)
  • Oxford Biomedical Corporation v Life Technologies, Inc. (successfully obtained a $12 million jury verdict in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in an action alleging unfair competition and breach of a supply and intellectual property licensing contract concerning genetically engineered DNA)
  • Infigreen Polymers, LLC (a/k/a Troy Polymers) v Emery Oleochemicals LLC. (successfully obtained a $1 million award in an intellectual property dispute arbitration in Cincinnati, Ohio. The dispute arose from the defendant’s refusal to pay the plaintiff the balance of an agreed purchase price for certain technology that the plaintiff invented.)
  • SEC v David Kirkpatrick (Coca Cola Enterprises) (successfully resolved an S.E.C. enforcement action, arising out of the securities’ fraud investigation of a former national retail chain and its vendors related to the retail chain’s practice of recognizing unearned advertising revenue. The action was resolved by way of a consent decree without any admission of wrongdoing.)
  • In Re: Universal Map Enterprises, Inc. (represented client in a Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession case, culminating in a §363 sale of all the company’s assets. The sale generated proceeds in excess of the balance of the secured lenders’ debt.)
  • H.L. Claeys & Co. (represented a long-time commercial plumbing supply business client in a dispute over withdrawal liability connected with the Central States Multi-Employer Pension Fund, as well as in the sale of all the company’s real and personal property, including two warehouse facilities in Michigan, for the benefit of the company’s creditors)
  • L&W Engineering Company, Inc./ Lapeer Metal Stamping Companies (represented client in all aspects of its purchase of assets of a stamping company that had been formerly used by the client to provide automotive component parts and services to General Motors and Ford Motor Company)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan



  • University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, B.A., 1989


  • Michigan, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2000
  • Admitted pro hac vice in federal courts in Texas, New York, California and Ohio


  • Spanish


Honors & Recognitions

  • Top Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, Dbusiness magazine, 2012


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